SCPOP CONSOLE by K.E.Bernhardt
by Kenneth E. Bernhardt
As all Scpop Friends, Kenneth wishes play a really pedalboard at Home.. due to poor and uncheeper single Pedalboards Midi Market, some Scpop Friends move their brains and their arms & tools to obtain the goal.. and the Kenneth idea's to obtain a midi pedal board is absolutely "particular"...
Kenneth Says :
When the decision was taken to
construct the midi organ, the
primary concern that I had was to try to replicate the feel of a good handmade
pedal board with all the variations that this implies.
The major problem was how to interface the pedal board to the computer.
At first, I imagined that I could use a system similar to that of the
Baldwin Organ Company using switches, springs, etc., passing the on/off of the
switches through a midi translation board.
This was a total failure. In
the first place, there would have been no decent feeling of action and then
there was the difficulty in obtaining the proper midi interface board (something
that would actually work). So,
after failure at this, I decided to revert to the ancient practice of mechanical
action. This cost me an additional
two months of work, but was well worth it.
The action employs wooden levers, pull-downs, etc., to play a third midi
keyboard. This is as close to a
tracker action as it is possible to devise.
The enclosed photographs should explain how this was accomplished.
The midi organ bench was
constructed of Mahogany and Oak. The
console was constructed of Oak and Walnut.
The pedal board frame is Mahogany, and is as close to AGO standards as
possible, this means concaved and radiating.
The sharps are Walnut and the naturals are Oak.
All keys are sprung at the heel end with plates, and at the top end with
compass springs. Mahogany was used because of its stability through all
weather conditions. The Oak was
used because of its strength. The
style of the organ is in Danish Modern with all edges radiused.
The finish is hand-rubbed Danish Oil, waxed.
I am now 53 years old, and I
have not had the opportunity to play such a pedal board since I was 10.
It is indeed a wonderful thing to have an organ that sounds so like a
pipe organ as a practice instrument. Thank
you for all the time taken in the development of the SCPOP software.
The only real complaint about the software, is the language that was
chosen to write it in. Visual Basic
is a translated language, the EXEs look extremely small, but in fact
everything is tied to
massive DLLs (run time libraries) The whole mess must be translated that is why the program
runs so slowly. A better choice
would have been Visual C++. The
best choice would have been Delphi, Object Pascal.
Delphi will run at least ten times faster than C++.
But you would have had a harder time writing the midi routines.
See Photo Section...
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